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Parents group files ethics complaints against PGCPS board members, CEO

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Dr. Kevin Maxwell, CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools. (ABC7 file photo)

A group calling itself the Concerned Parents of Prince George’s County Public Schools Students has sent a letter to the Maryland Ethics Commission filled with claims of ethics violations inside the school district.

The four-page letter and attached 20 pages of campaign finance records include allegations of inappropriate campaign donations to school board members including a $500 donation from the district’s CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell to board member Carolyn Boston.

The State Ethics Commission told the 7 On Your Side I-Team that it has no jurisdiction over ethics violations at the district because the district has its own ethics policy.

The district told ABC7 News that board member Boston sought the advice of the district’s general counsel and has returned the donation made by Dr. Maxwell.

Included in the letter was a $2,000 donation from Mainstream Development Educational Group out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin to board member Carolyn Boston last year.

Mainstream supplies tutors and education material to school districts.

The district said Boston has a professional relationship with Mainstream Development Educational Group that predates her time on the Prince George’s County Board of Education. Mainstream is her former employer and a longtime supporter. Mainstream was an approved vendor. However, it has not done business with the school system since 2012.

Mainstream President Ralph Beverly told the I-Team that Mainstream has not contracted with the district since 2012 and never donated to Boston’s campaign during the time Mainstream was doing business with the district. Since then Mainstream has made donations to Boston whom Beverly knew before she became a board member.

The district does have an independent ethics panel that does look at ethics complaints. So far no word on if the panel will be looking at the claims in the letter from parents.

Letter from Concerned Parents of Prince George’s County Public Schools Students:

Prince George’s County Board of Education Ethics Policy:

via WJLA

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Ms. Yolanda Rogers of Concerned Parents of PGCPS Students.

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PGCPS Board narrowly approves…

…Maxwell’s budget request

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CEO Kevin Maxwell

The Prince George’s County Board of Education narrowly voted Thursday to support a request by the schools chief to make significant changes to the district’s $1.7 billion budget.

The 5-2-2 vote allows Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell to proceed with his request to transfer $18 million from various accounts in the budget to pay for several executive level positions, enhancements in the art program, security improvements and other initiatives. The County Council now must approve the request for the proposal to take effect. >>> Read more

OPINION.

CEO Kevin Maxwell is being premature in evaluating and faulting the Hybrid School Board of Education for the budget change in the Prince Georges County Public Schools System (PGCPS). The budget which was initiated by the County Executive and the power elite in order to grab power seem to have had a different agenda. The power grab now appears to have been for the sake of grabbing power rather than in order to initiate sincere reforms. When the Reform Sasscer Movement (A grass roots advocacy group) encouraged for changes, our hope was to see actual reforms and proper management of resources rather than cover ups and squander. However, proper and transparent reforms is not what we are seeing at the moment. Several grass roots pressure groups concerned with PGCPS corruption have been completely disenfranchised from the process.

In the article above by the Washington Post, Ms. Wiggins conveniently left off the salaries for Maxwell’s new senior staff. The three new appointees hired recently are making nearly $1 million. Maxwell’s friend is making $220,000 a year while teachers have to buy their own paper and classroom supplies! This is unacceptable. …. We do not mind a little increase but spending tax payer money like this is not being wise. Prince George’s county council needs to scrutinize the new raises and send back the entire package to the Hybrid Board to fix the remunerations.

Call your elected officials now and the media. Demand changes…

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